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Maria Finn

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I am the author of five books. I compiled and edited Cuba in Mind, an anthology of essays, poems, novel excerpts and short stories in English on Cuba, published by Random House's Vintage imprint in June 2004. I also edited Mexico in Mind for Vintage, published in 2006. My memoir, Hold Me Tight and Tango Me Home was published by Algonquin Books in the United States, Arena in Holland and De Agostini in Italy. It has been optioned by Fox Studios for a television series. My book on edible gardening, A Little Piece of Earth, How To Grow Your Own Food in Small Spaces, was published by Rizzoli in 2010 and also in Korea and Portugal. My book, The Whole Fish, How Adventurous Eating Will Improve Your Sex Life and Help Save the Ocean was published by TED Books in 2012.

My essays have been anthologized in The Best Food Writing 2006, The Best Women's Travel Writing 2007, A Contemporary Cuba Reader: Reinventing the Revolution, Wild Moments: Adventures with Animals of the North, 2009, The New York Times 36 Hours 2011. I have been a regular contributor to Sunset Magazine and have written for Afar Magazine, Audubon Magazine, Saveur, Gastronomica, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and Wine Spectator, among many other publications.

I have been a finalist for many fiction awards. Most recently, my novel–in-progress Sea Legs & Fish Nets was a finalist for The Pen/Bellwether Prize for novels that address issues of social justice. As well, I've been a finalist for the William Faulkner Pirate's Alley Award and the Iowa Writing Workshop short-story-collection competition.

I have told a story for The Moth Mainstage at Museo del Barrio in New York City and also for the Eat Real Festival at Jack London Square in 2011. I was a panelist and presenter at the Texas Book Festival in 2006 and 2010. I was a co-founder and on the planning committee for Litquake, Words on the Waves, 2011. I moderated the panel "Hacking the Ocean's Food Supply Chain: Technology, Transparency and Seafood" at SXSW-eco 2012. Recently, I had writing residencies at Mesa Refuge and I was an Affiliate Artist at Headlands Center for the Arts.

I earned an MFA in Creative Writing from Sarah Lawrence College in 1997. Upon graduating, I taught in the English Department at Hunter College, CUNY for six years, where I had the opportunity to design and teach a study-abroad course in nonfiction at Casa de las Americas in Havana, Cuba. I was then on the faculty of the English Department of St. Francis College in Brooklyn Heights. I am currently teaching Feature Writing at Stanford University.

Prior to moving to New York City, I worked for several seasons as a crewmember on a predominately female commercial fishing boat and in remote field camps for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. During the winters, I traveled extensively in Latin America. I now live on a floating houseboat in Sausalito and have taken up surfing.


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